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(AP) — The phones are
ringing again at Rose-
Hulman Institute of
Technology for Indiana’s
Homework Hotline.
The free math and
science tutoring service
for students in grades
6-12 has started up for
its 23rd year.
The college students
who work as tutors take
an average of 300 calls
an evening — nearly
37,000 in all for last
school year.
Tutors also help
students by email and
online chats.
The hotline number
is 1-877-ASK-ROSE.
Tutors are available
between 7 p.m. and 10
p.m. Sundays through
Gail Clark, R.N., C.N.M.
Schedule today:
(866) 919-3880
Kay Johnson, M.D.
Blufton OB/GYN is pleased to provide
comprehensive women’s healthcare services.
From obstetrics to menopause, wellness to incontinence, and everything
in between, the women of
Blufton oB/GyN are here for
the women of our community.
Bluffton OB/GYN
Judith Bowers, D.O. Susan Paterson, R.N., C.N.M.
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planning for
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An independent newspaper serving Adams County, Indiana since 1857 Sept. 10, 2013 TUESDAY
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for year 23
Wreck today
takes life of
city woman
An early-morning
crash just south of
Decatur has claimed
the life of a Decatur
According to infor-
mation released by the
Adams County Sheriff’s
Department, emergency
crews were dispatched
at 2:28 a.m. today to
U.S. 33 just southeast
of Salem Road. The pre-
liminary report states
that a vehicle driven by
Helen L. Cooper, 58, of
Decatur, was traveling
southbound on U.S. 33
and crossed the center
line, striking a north-
bound vehicle driven
by Michael G. Mitchel
of Decatur.
Mrs. Cooper was
pronounced dead at
the scene by Adams
County EMS paramed-
ics. Mitchel’s condition
was not reported.
The cause of the
crash remains under
investigation by the
sheriff’s department
and the Adams County
coroner’s office.
The Decatur Fire
Department, Decatur
Police Department and
Monroe Rescue squad
assisted at the scene.
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On this date
In 1962, the U.S.
Supreme Court
ordered the University
of Mississippi to admit
James Meredith, a
black student.
Today’s Birthdays:
World Golf Hall of Famer
Arnold Palmer is 84.
Former Canadian first
lady Margaret Trudeau
is 65. Commentator Bill
O’Reilly is 64
Berne council sets up TIF area
The city of Berne continues
to march towards improving the
city as council on Tuesday night
passed a new tax increment
financing (TIF) resolution for a
large portion of the downtown
area, including the area where
the former Dunbar Furniture
Corporation is located on Fulton
The TIF district – which is for
a 25-year period – runs along
the old railroad line through the
heart of downtown and provides
tax income for the city from
new businesses. This allows
improvements to be made with-
out tax increases to the citizens
of Berne, according to Mayor
Bill McKean.
With the new resolution, the
taxes paid by any new busi-
ness would go directly into the
TIF fund for the city to use for
McKean noted this is only
for new business, not existing
business. However, if a busi-
ness located within the TIF area
were to expand, taxes on the
new expansion would go to the
Attorney Dennis Otto, of the
law firm Bose, McKinney and
Evans of Indianapolis, told the
council TIF money may be used
for any improvements in or con-
nected to the TIF area. Otto
said improvements to the storm
water system, sewers, park,
Dunbar Furniture site, or any
economic development plan are
just a few options available to
the city.
“This a tool in the tool-box,”
said McKean. “If we don’t use
it we’re blowing it. We know
Dunbar is a huge thing hanging
over our head. It’d be nice to
get rid of that, too.” There is no
estimate of the cost to have the
old Dunbar facility demolished,
but it seems clear council is
looking into the matter.
The resolution passed, 5-0.
(Photo by Ashley Thieme)
Mary Popovich & Jane Wrench
Guidance and resources
are offered by the ISBDC
Northeast Indiana Small Business
Development Center (ISBDC) repre-
sentatives gave a presentation at the
Decatur Chamber of Commerce lun-
cheon held at Woodcrest on Monday.
Regional Director Jane Wrench
and Business Advisor/Marketing
Coordinator Mary Popovich discussed
the current and projected market of
Adams County.
The ISBDC mission is to create a
positive and measurable impact on the
formation, growth, and sustainability
of Indiana’s businesses by providing
entrepreneurs expert guidance and a
comprehensive network of resources,
according to Wrench. Services pro-
vided include classes in conjunction
with IPFW tackling business, social
media, technical, and software classes.
Business counseling to address start-
up questions through expansions is
offered in their Fort Wayne office or in
Adams County.
Statistical information can be
obtained through the ISBDC to pro-
vide distinct marketing information
for a variety of viewpoints that help
a business know its market and how
to target its customers. The informa-
tion helps to strategically measure the
demographics and how residents are
spending their money, and how they
are not spending their money in our
community, according to Wrench and
(Continued on page 3A)
GLOWING ... The annual Van Wert Hot Air Balloon Festival was held last week-
end at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, with over 15 balloons and their pilots
from five states participating. This is but one of the spectacular sights. For
more, see Mike Lamm’s photos on page 6A of today’s edition. (Photo by Mike
County opens culvert bids;
Primco request put on hold
The opening of bids for replacement
of three large culverts on Piqua Road
was the main order of business at the
weekly meeting of the Adams County
Commissioners Monday afternoon.
Highway department supervisor Mark
Mitchel stated that all three culverts
“are located within a half mile of each
other,” so it made sense to create one
bidding process that covered all three
County engineers had estimated the
cost of replacement of the culverts at
$272,983.00. Nine construction com-
panies had submitted bids on the
project. County attorney Mark Burry
opened the bids, checking to insure
that all parameters of the process had
been met by the bidders.
The low bid of $258,072.51 was sub-
mitted by VTF Excavation of Celina,
Ohio, with Fleming Excavating of
Decatur also coming in below estimate
with a bid of $260,359.20.
Other bids were submitted by: R.G.
Zachrich Construction, Defiance,
Ohio,$277,343.55; A. Landon
Excavating, Portland, $300,203.00;
HRP Construction, South Bend,
$325,500.00; Dave’s Excavating,
Marion, $325,885.85; Gerig-
Ottenweller, Fort Wayne, $333,554.75;
Pioneer Associates, Albion, $343,676.55
and E & B Paving, Huntington and
Fort Wayne, $394,308.62.
The commissioners took the bids
under advisement, and will award the
contract for the project at next week’s
regularly scheduled Monday meeting.
Mitchel also reported on the status
of the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund
and the Local Road and Street Fund.
He noted that state contributions to
the fund have totaled $84,564.96 more
to date than was received last year.
Money for the Motor Vehicle Fund is
generated by the state from gas and
excise taxes, while the Local Road and
(Continued on page 3A)
ISTEP scores
placed online
for families
The Indiana Department
of Education released
ISTEP scores to the fami-
lies of students Monday
but is still working on
tallies for schools and
school districts.
Parents can log onto
a state website (http://
com) to receive individ-
ual test scores, which
were posted Monday. But
Daniel Altman, a depart-
ment spokesman, said he
expects the school and
school district scores to
be completed in the com-
ing weeks.
Review of education
board sought: 3A
The rollout of the scores,
typically released around
the start of summer each
year, was delayed follow-
ing widespread troubles
this past spring with the
online test built for the
state by CTB/McGraw-
A report released in
July found about 80,000
students in third- through
eighth grade had at least
one part of the state-
wide standardized test
interrupted when serv-
er glitches from a state
contractor kicked them
offline. That’s about 16
percent of all students
who took the test.
The report’s author,
Richard Hill, of the
Nati onal Center
for Improvement of
Educational Assessment,
determined that the
interruptions had little
effect on the scores. He
still recommended about
1,400 results be thrown
out to avoid tainting the
— Democratic State
School Superintendent
Glenda Ritz says former
Superintendent Tony
Bennett broke the state’s
rule for grading Indiana
schools when he changed
the formula last year for
a donor’s charter school.
The Daily Journal
reported that Ritz told
Democratic activists
last week ‘‘If you believe
those (changed grades)
were done because they
should have been, you’re
fooling yourself.’’
The authors of a leg-
islative report released
last week found Bennett
applied the changes
equally, but say their
work neither vindicates
nor exonerates him.
Bennett and his support-
ers, however, say he has
been vindicated.
other test scores.
The scores are used
in calculating teacher
pay and school funding,
as well as school grades
under the state’s ‘‘A-F’’
system. Ritz has said
local school leaders have
leeway in limiting how
much scores are used to
set teacher pay this year.
Ritz is seeking
$614,000 in damages
from CTB/McGraw-Hill
under provisions includ-
ed in the state’s $95 mil-
lion contract with the
company. President Ellen
Haley apologized for the
interruptions mer in a
legislative hearing called
to review the troubles.
Ritz: Bennett
broke rule
Decatur Daily Democrat Page 2A • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
4:00 – 6:00pm
803 N. 3rd St.,
Decatur, IN 46733
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AND BE PREPARED TO BUY. Any inspections needed Ior Iinancing must be complete prior to auction along with any lead based
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Terms & Conditions: 10 ° down payment day oI auction (non refundable). Balance cash on delivery oI deed and title policy. Taxes to
be prorated to day oI closing. Possession on Iinal closing. Sold subject to conIirmation oI Personal Representative. Closing to be within
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816 W. Monroe St., Decatur, Indiana
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816 W. Monroe St, Decatur, Indiana
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Modern 1 1/2 story, 4 bedroom home has kitchen with newer 'Hilty¨ cupboards, Dining area,
Living room, Family room, Fireplace, 2 Bathrooms, Utility room w/ washer/dryer hookup, 100
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rear oI home. Home has block & poured cement Ioundation on crawl, aluminum siding & as-
phalt rooI, Ienced in back yard, detached Iinished 2 car garage w/ Iront & side overhead doors,
cement driveway, ally on rear & side oI property. All oI this sits on 53` x 167` city lot with city
water & sewer. Home had appx 1857 sq It oI living area. II you are looking Ior a nice clean re-
~Emilda Gerber Estate¨
Susan Zurcher-Attorney
AND BE PREPARED TO BUY. Any inspections needed Ior Iinancing must be complete prior to auction along with any lead based
paint inspection.
Terms & Conditions: 10 ° down payment day oI auction (non refundable). Balance cash on delivery oI deed and title policy. Taxes to
be prorated to day oI closing. Possession on Iinal closing. Sold subject to conIirmation oI Personal Representative. Closing to be within
30 working days oI auction. Statements made auction day take precedence over any contained in advertising.
For inspection and more inIormation beIore sale day contact Town & Country Auctioneers/Realtors 260-724-8899
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Charlie Hill AU107000054
Kirk McLeland AU11000038
Located at: 118 S. 11
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PLANNING — The Winning With Wellness Initiative
is planning several nutrition and physical fitness
events in October for preschoolers and their fami-
lies. Subcommittee members include, clockwise
from lower left, Sarah Conrad (back to camera),
Muselman Wellness Pavilion; Chris Krull, parks
and recreation department; Nancy Manuel, Purdue
Extension; Erin Ripley, North Adams Community
Schools; and Diana Macklin and Alexa Markley,
Worthman Fitness Center. (Photo provided)
Wellness Initiative plans events
The Adams County Winning
With Wellness (WWW) Initiative
recently held its August meeting.
Nancy Manuel reported that
the “Color Me Healthy” program
was approved for implementation
for the Communities Preventing
Childhood Obesity grant. This
program encompasses both physi-
cal and nutritional components
for educating preschoolers and
The subcommittee met with
interested preschool directors to
provide basic information about
the program, discuss possible
training dates, as well as plan for
a kick-off event.
To expand the program into the
community, the library and parks
and recreation department will be
partnering to provide story-time
with coordinated physical activi-
ties for preschoolers beginning in
In addition, Adams Memorial
Hospital will host a “Color Me
Healthy” walk on Sunday, October
6, at 3 p.m.
WWW wish to be represented at
community events, and members
agreed to purchase a yellow WWW
polo shirt to be worn at events
that WWW is sponsoring, hosting,
or providing voluntary service.
Also at the meeting, Kris
Bischoff said Adams Memorial
Hospital will be hosting a three-
week course on the Mediterranean
diet in October. Bischoff said she
would check to see if it might be
possible to videotape the sessions
for availability on the Internet for
those who would not be able to
attend in person.
There is also a diabetes preven-
tion program scheduled to take
place in November, and the Dining
with Diabetes program in partner-
ship with Purdue Extension.
Sarah Conrad said that
Muselman Wellness Pavilion will
be hosting a variety of events for
Active Aging Week on Sunday,
September 22, through Saturday,
September 28.
The next WWW meeting will
be held on September 18 at 8:30
a.m. at Adams Memorial Hospita.
Anyone interested in promot-
ing wellness in Adams County is
encouraged to attend, members
The Decatur Fire
Department was dis-
patched at 11:20 a.m.
Saturday to a truck fire
near the intersection of
US 27 and Beach Drive,
in Yost Woods just south
of Decatur.
A Ford 350 pickup
truck owned by Neil Ogg
caught fire, sustaining
heavy damage to the cab
and engine compartment,
according to a spokesper-
son for the department.
There were no injuries
and crews returned to
the station at 12:18 p.m.
A horse pulling an
Amish buggy was struck
by a motor vehicle at
4:22 a.m. Friday.
A sheriff’s department
report said Kathleen J.
Hess, 49, rural Decatur,
was westbound on C.R.
200N near C.R. 200E. A
horse owned by John A.
Schwartz, rural Decatur,
entered the road and was
hit by the Hess vehicle,
causing between $2,501-
$5,000 in damage to the
The horse suffered
minor injuries, accord-
ing to the department’s
The Decatur Police
Department ticketed
eight drivers in recent
Stopped for speed-
ing were Paul W. Fiscus,
Several motorists are cited by police
51, Prairie Du Sac,
Wisconsin, 52 mph in
a 35 zone at 13th and
Morningstar Boulevard;
Elmer C. Cunningham,
40, Louisville, Kentucky,
45 mph in a 35 zone on
a non-specified section of
U.S. 33; Caleb B. Hurst,
27, E. Bellmont Road,
Decatur, 72 in a 45 in
the 7200 north block of
Piqua Road; Cassandra
K. Loy, 27, Fort Wayne,
47 in a 37 at 13th and
Elm; and Joshua J.
Schwartz, 21, Nappanee,
67 in a 55 at U.S. 33 and
C.R. 100E.
Others cited were
Cameron A. Barnes, 24,
Elm Street, Decatur,
for unlawfully stop-
ping or parking a vehi-
cle at Second and W.
Monroe Street; Lawrence
S. Woodman, 38,
Wewahitchka, Florida,
disregarding a lighted
signal on a non-specified
section of U.S. 27; and
Jeffery T. Luce, 28, W.
Paradise Lane, Decatur,
operating a vehicle with-
out proof of financial
Meanwhile, three driv-
ers recently were ticketed
for speeding by the sher-
iff’s department:
Timothy G. Walden,
36, rural Monroeville, 70
mph in a 55 zone at C.R.
600E and C.R. 1000N;
Michael R. Anderson, 42,
Chicago, Illinois, 75 in a
60 at U.S. 27 and C.R.
1100N; and Kelsey L.
Prichard, 16, N. VanBuren
Street, Monroe, 71 in a
55 at C.R. 100N and C.R.
Monroe police recently
cited Joseph L. Faine,
54, VanBuren, Ohio, for
speeding, 40 mph in a
25 zone at S.R. 124 and
Park Street.
Truck suffers fre damage
Horse struck by vehicle
Tech to dedicate law school
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A new Indiana law
school is about to be formally dedicated.
Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne will dedicate its new
law school Sept. 14.
The speakers will include Indiana Attorney General
Greg Zoeller and Frank Easterbrook, chief
judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Chicago.
Indiana Tech announced plans for the
law school in May 2011.
The charter class of law students began
classes Aug. 26.
Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder
will formally invest the law school’s founding dean,
Peter Alexander, with the title of vice president and
dean of the law school.
Alexander began his duties in January of 2012.
Pence, wife giving Indiana gifts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
and first lady Karen Pence are giving gifts from art-
ists and designers with Indiana ties to company and
government officials during a nine-day trade mission
through Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
Pence says when officials open the gifts, they fre-
quently ask questions.
He says it gives him a chance to share Indiana’s
Pence is presenting people with a framed archi-
tectural rendering of Indiana’s Statehouse drawn by
architect David Barrett McTyre, formerly an architect
at Indianapolis-based CSO Architects.
Karen Pence is presenting company and school
officials with Fort Wayne-designed Vera Bradley totes
and Kokomo Opalescent Glass cardinals.
She is also giving third-grade students taking part
in the art exchange coal mining hard hats from The
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Research grants available for students
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana students in grades
9-12 can apply for grants up to $300 to help pay for
designing, conducting and evaluating independent
research projects.
The Indiana Academy of Science provides the
grants. It says the deadline for submitting proposals
in Oct. 25.
To be considered, students must prepare a pro-
posal according to the academy’s guidelines. Those
guidelines can be found online at www.indianaacad- .
The Indiana Academy of Science is a 128-year-old
professional organization for industry and academic
scientists, science educators and undergraduate and
graduate science students in the state of Indiana.
ND forum to focus on women leaders
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre
Dame president says contributions and achievements
of women across a range of fields will be the focus of
a year-long series of events focusing on women in
leadership through the Notre Dame Forum.
The Rev. John Jenkins says the goal is to create
opportunities for the Notre Dame community to learn
from the personal accounts of women who have risen
to the top of their professions.
In the first event Sept. 16, Michele Flournoy, a
former undersecretary of defense under President
Barack Obama, and Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first
woman to achieve the four-star rank, will be featured
in a conversation moderated by Anne Thompson of
NBC News.
The Notre Dame Forum was established when
Jenkins was inaugurated as the university president
in 2005.
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Decatur Daily Democrat
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • Page 3A For the record
From Decatur High 91 7 a.m. 75
weather station Low 61 River 2.44 ft.
Precip 0 Degree days —
Betty J. Schmoll
Betty J. Schmoll, 84, of Decatur, passed away
at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at
Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Betty was born on Sunday, November 4, 1928,
in Talmadge, Neb., to the late Fred G. and Iola
(VanWinkle) Douglas. She married Glen E. Schmoll
on July 7, 1946; he passed away February 8, 2009.
Betty was the secretary-treasurer for
the Decatur Local Women’s Bowling
Association from 1973-1995. She was
also involved with the Psi Iota Xi in
Decatur. She was a homemaker, seam-
stress, a waitress for several years
at Fairway (Back 40) Restaraunt and
Richard’s Restaurant in Decatur, and a
clerk at various stores in the area.
Among survivors are one daughter,
Beth L. Mansfield of Fort Wayne; one son, Steven
G. (Lisa) Schmoll of Columbia City; four grand-
daughters, Allison Schmoll, Tammy McDonough,
Chrissy Sarns, and Emily Mansfield; two grandsons,
Christopher Turner and Matthew Schmoll; and
two great-grandsons, Tommy McDonough and Levi
Betty was preceded in death by one daughter,
Penelope A. Schinnerer; three brothers, Boyd, Jack,
and Rex Douglas; and two sisters, Gladys Andrew
and Maxine Cederberg.
Friends will be received from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday,
September 12, in Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday,
also at the funeral home, with Funeral Celebrant
Molly Farthing officiating.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice or
Homebound Meals in Fort Wayne.
Betty Newland
Betty Newland, 86, of 277W 500N, in Bryant,
passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the
home of her niece, Norma Nichols.
She was born in Byrant on December 6, 1926,
to Oren and Minnie (Huey) Bergman. She married
Carl Newland on December 6, 1947; he passed away
January 4, 1994.
Betty was a member of New Corydon Church and
attended Bryant schools. She was a homemaker and
Amish hauler.
Among survivors are one son, Carl Newland
Jr. of Decatur; a stepdaughter, Jean Norman of
Wapakoneta, Ohio; three brothers, John Bergman of
Monroe, Herb Bergman of Corbin, of Kentucky, and
Junior Bergman of Jerome, Mich.; two sisters, Irene
Wheeler of Decatur and Mary Bergman of Bryant;
four granddaughters; five great-grandsons; and ten
She was preceded in death by three brothers,
Orville, Bob, and Harley Bergman; and one sister,
Norma Bailey.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday at
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday,
September 12, also at the funeral home, with Pastor
Mo Hodge presiding.
Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Bryant Community
Center or choice of the donor.
Online condolences may be made at www.baird-
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith, 66, of Decatur, died last Friday.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton &
Hirschy Funeral Home.
Indiana judge:
Education board
review sought by
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Buggy Crash
An accident Friday
at 7:02 p.m. involving a
pickup truck and Amish
buggy sent three people
to the hospital accord-
ing to an Adams County
Sheriff’s Department
report released today.
Police said Jackie L.
Pyle, 75, Portland, was
westbound on S.R. 218
near C.R. 300E and her
vision of the road was
blinded by the setting
sun. Pyle did not see a
westbound Amish buggy
operated by Ben J. Girod,
32, rural Berne, until it
was too late and collided
into the rear of the buggy
ejecting Girod and three
other occupants of the
Girod declined medical
treatment at the scene
but the three persons
were taken by paramed-
ics to the hospital.
They included Lucy L.
Girod, 27, rural Berne,
and Lucy L. Girod, 16,
rural Berne, both with
abrasions to a knee,
lower leg and foot, and
Rosie L. Girod, 14, rural
Berne, with abrasions to
her hip and upper leg.
Police estimated that
the vehicles sustained
between $5,001-$10,000
in damages.
Trio Cited
Three people were tick-
eted Monday by Decatur
Stopped for speeding
were Nancy Pulley, 66,
rural Decatur, 60 mph
in a 45 zone in the 1600
east block of C.R. 650N,
and Tammy J. Clark, 34,
rural Decatur, 47 in a 35
zone in the 2200 block
of W. Monroe Street and
Nicholas R. Fravel, 22, N.
Third Street, Decatur, for
a seatbelt violation.
Associated Press
A Lake County judge has
determined Indiana’s
right-to-work law violates
a provision in the state
constitution barring the
delivery of services ‘‘with-
out just compensation.’’
Lake Superior Court
Judge John Sedia found
that the law wrongly
requires unions to rep-
resent workers who do
not pay dues. Indiana
became the 23rd state in
the nation to ban the col-
lection of mandatory fees
for representation from
Since then, union law-
yers have gone to the
courts to try and over-
turn the law. Sedia
issued an order last
Thursday declaring the
ban on collections and
associated criminal pen-
alties unconstitutional.
Bryan Corbin, a
spokesman for Attorney
General Greg Zoeller,
pointed out the ruling
allows the law to stay in
effect while an appeal to
the state Supreme Court
is prepared.
‘‘The State will take
an immediate appeal to
the Indiana Supreme
Court of this declara-
tory judgment which we
contend is incorrect, in
light of the fact the same
court granted the State’s
motion to dismiss on four
other counts,’’ Corbin
wrote in a statement.
‘‘The Indiana Attorney
General’s Office will
aggressively defend the
authority of the people’s
elected representatives
in the Legislature as we
successfully defended
this same statute from
the same plaintiff who
challenged it in federal
The ruling continues
a battle between union
members and Indiana
Republicans who signed
off on the measure last
year. Indiana became the
first state in the Rust
Belt to approve right-to-
work, after two chaotic
sessions of the Indiana
General Assembly,
marked by a walkout
of House Democrats in
2011 and periodic boy-
cotts by the same group
in 2012.
Members of the
International Union of
Operating Engineers
Local 150, in northwest
Indiana, filed the suit
looking to overturn the
‘‘These laws are noth-
ing but thinly veiled tools
to weaken unions, and
this is a big win for work-
ers who rely on unions
to provide decent wages
and benefits,’’ said Local
150 president and busi-
ness manager James M.
Sweeney in a statement.
‘‘We pledged on the day
that this law was passed
that they hadn’t seen the
last of us, and we are
delighted with this rul-
But national support-
ers of the law, who have
been pushing the mea-
sure with some success
in other states, said the
ruling amounted to only
a partial victory: of the
five counts the union
sought, Sedia dismissed
four of them.

‘I would suggest (Sedia)
was right to dismiss the
four he dismissed, but
should have dismissed
the fifth one also,’’ said
Greg Mourad, vice presi-
dent of the National Right
to Work Committee.
— A Democratic state
representative is calling
on Indiana Republican
Gov. Mike Pence to
review the makeup of the
State Board of Education
after a newspaper report-
ed a member serving as
an independent on the
board has a history of
voting in Republican pri-
maries and donating to
GOP candidates.
The Times of Munster
reports that Indiana cam-
paign finance records
show that Marian
University President
Daniel Elsener has donat-
ed $10,575 to Republican
candidates and busi-
ness groups supporting
Republicans since 2001
and cast a ballot in GOP
primary elections nine
out of 10 times since
1994. He voted in the
2000 Democratic prima-
State law allows only
six of the 10 members on
the governor-appointed
State Board of Education
to be from the same polit-
ical party. The governor’s
office has said Elsener is
an independent member.
Rep. Shel l i
VanDenburgh, D-Crown
Point, believes it’s a seri-
ous dereliction of duty by
‘‘It’s definitely some-
thing I think the gov-
ernor needs to reevalu-
ate,’’ VanDenburgh said.
‘‘If they’re going in and
declaring themselves
Republican for the last
13 years, then that’s a
Republican. It doesn’t
count as an indepen-
dent, and it surely isn’t a
Pence spokeswoman
Kara Brooks said Elsener
was appointed to the
board as an indepen-
dent by then-Gov. Mitch
Daniels in 2005 and con-
tinues to serve as such.
‘‘There are serious
issues facing Hoosier
students and workers,
and it is time to get back
to a serious discussion
about how to solve them.
Gov. Pence believes that
it is time to take the poli-
tics out of education,’’
she said.
Tony Walker, a
Democratic state educa-
tion board member from
Gary, believes the par-
tisanship limits should
be abolished because
any governor is going to
appoint board members
that agree with the gov-
ernor’s education policy.
‘‘I do not believe the
partisan affiliations play
any role in our delib-
erations,’’ Walker said.
‘‘Quite frankly, there is
no consensus within the
two major parties on
most education issues.’’
Elsener said in an
email to the newspaper
responding to questions
about his party ties that
he is ‘‘an independent
thinker’’ who votes for
candidates ‘‘I believe
would perform the best
in the office.’’
‘‘During my adult life,
I’ve supported Democrats
and Republicans, with
both my time and my
money. I supported Evan
Bayh, and I supported
Mitch Daniels. But, ulti-
mately, I believe that my
decision in the voting
booth is my business,’’
Elsener said.
He did not respond
to an email sent by The
Associated Press or
a message left for him
through a university
Three Arrested
Three people remained
in custody this morning
at the county jail follow-
ing their arrest by police
in the past 24 hours.
Arrested today
was William R. King,
27, Wabash, by the
Adams County Sheriff’s
Department for posses-
sion of methamphet-
amines and for a pro-
bation violation, the lat-
ter occurring in Miami
County. He was being
$250 cash and $7,500
surety bond pending a
transfer to the custody of
authorities in Peru.
Charged on Monday
were Megan C. Partin, 22,
New Haven, and Brittany
M. Wireman, 26, Marion,
Ohio, both arrested by
the sheriff’s department
on warrants for a proba-
tion violation. Both are
being held without bond.
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Fun facts about this community:
We spend over three and a half times more on our
pets ($532.32) as we do our shoes ($148.85).
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Street Fund creates revenue based on the number of
pickup trucks registered annually in Adams County.
Also discussing bridge renovations was mainte-
nance superintendent Dave Meyer, who relayed a
request from vendor Primco of Fort Wayne that it be
allowed to bill the county for pre-cast concrete beams
it has purchased but do not as yet have on site for a
bridge replacement project Primco was awarded over
Blue Creek on CR 100 South between 500 and 600
West. According to Meyer, IDOT (Indiana Department
of Transportation) has a policy whereby the state will
pay up to 70 percent of materials stored on the site
of a construction project.
Commissioners noted the company had initially
been awarded the contract in late November of 2012
with an anticipated startup date of late spring or
early summer of this year. Meyer stated that the
company has “still not started the project” due to
scheduling conflicts of its own creation. “They were
supposed to start July 26, but have now pushed that
date back to sometime next week,” he said.
Commission Chairman Doug Bauman comment-
ed, It’s “not our responsibility to pay storage costs
on a project that was supposed to have been started
a long time ago.” Following advice from Burry, the
commissioners tabled the request until Primco can
verify it has ordered and payed for the beams and
has actually started construction on the project.
In other business, Auditor Mary Beery reported
health insurance payments of $11,631.06 and stop-
loss payments of $6,015.46 for a total voucher of
$17,646.52. In addition, she said payroll for the week
ending Aug. 30 totaled $239,654.93 and accounts
payable for the period from Aug. 13-26 totaling
She noted that there were 68 inmates currently at
the county jail, with 12 sleeping on the floor.
Guidance and resources
County opens bids
The regular meeting
of the Adams County
Council, normally sched-
uled for the second
Tuesday of the month,
apparently has been
postponed until next
week, when the council
will meet Sept. 17, 18
and 19, to discuss budget
proposals from political
subdivisions throughout
the county.
A Daily Democrat
reporter learned of the
apparent postpone-
ment when he went to
the meeting place at the
Courthouse Annex this
No county council meeting
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The DecaTur Daily DemocraT
Ron Storey, Publisher
Bob Shraluka
Managing Editor
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Opinion Page Editor
Indiana leaders vow more
transparency post-Bennett
Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s education lead-
ers are learning from the mistakes of former School
Superintendent Tony Bennett, starting with their
promise to spend more time crafting Indiana’s new
school grading formula and doing so in the open.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne,
and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis,
said drafting a new formula will have to be done
transparently in order to earn the public’s trust. The
two commissioned a review of Indiana’s grading for-
mula a few days after The Associated Press published
emails showing Bennett changed the formula to bump
the grade of a prominent Republican donor’s charter
school from a ‘‘C’’ to an ‘‘A.’’
Bennett resigned as Florida’s schools chiefs shortly
after the emails were published, as did two top aides
who helped him overhaul the formula: Dale Chu left
as Bennett’s chief of staff in Florida; Heather Neal
left her job as Gov. Mike Pence’s chief lobbyist last
Bill Sheldrake and John Grew, the veteran budget
analysts commissioned with conducting the review,
released their findings Friday that Bennett had deter-
mined the Christel House Academy would be a ‘‘qual-
ity control school.’’ In other words, any formula cre-
ated by his team would have to give the school an
Bennett’s problems stemmed from having an over-
worked staff, rushing to get the school grades out
without properly testing the formula and dealing
with a high rate of turnover in technical staff, wrote
Sheldrake, a former Republican Statehouse aide and
Grew, an adviser to former Democratic Gov. Frank
O’Bannon. They found his changes were applied even-
ly, but specifically declined to investigate any political
Bennett’s allies, including Chu and Neal, clamored
to spin the findings as proof Bennett was right all
along. But the report, according to its authors, neither
vindicates nor condemns Bennett.
What is clear, however, is that Bennett and his team
made their changes in secret and that more transpar-
ency will be needed in writing a new formula.
‘‘The process of development of a new system
should be based on: 1. Extensive involvement by
experts and practitioners from the education commu-
nity. 2. Transparency in all decision-making by the
SBOE and IDOE throughout the development process
and final adoption of the revised rule,’’ Sheldrake and
Grew wrote.
SBOE is the state Board of Education, and IDOE
the Indiana Department of Education.
Jeff Butts, superintendent of the Wayne Township
schools in Indianapolis, said the school leaders have
always welcomed accountability, but that oversight
should be transparent and easy to understand.
‘‘For me the discussion has never been about con-
viction or exoneration,’’ Butts said. ‘‘I believe the con-
cern is the transparency of the development and the
reporting of the scores. The model needs to be able
to effectively facilitate conversations that improve the
education of our children. The current model has not
been effective in accomplishing that to date.’’
Lost in the mix, somewhat, has been the fact
that Indiana has had a school grading system since
O’Bannon signed it into law in 1999. There were no
letter grades in the old system, but it still assessed
schools based on testing and graduation rates and,
more controversially, allowed the state to take over
schools deemed to be ‘‘failing.’’
Bennett and his team were rushing to rewrite that
system last year. They had already won approval of
new rules from the state Board of Education and,
clearly, had determined that Christel House charter
school was an ‘‘A’’ school from the start. Uncovered in
last week’s report is news that Bennett and his team
felt intense pressure to protect urban charter schools
like Christel House and didn’t have the time or staff to
handle the complexities of writing a grading formula
for all Indiana schools.
‘‘Let’s make one thing clear: What happened with
respect to these grades is unacceptable. We wouldn’t
tolerate a teacher in a classroom changing scores after
the fact to get a desired result for a favorite student,’’
Larry Grau, state director of Democrats for Education
Reform, said Friday in a prepared statement. ‘‘We
shouldn’t tolerate it in our government.’’
Bennett’s failings should not be used to ditch
school grades, and it appears they won’t, Grau said.
Lawmakers wrote the new letter grades into law
earlier this year and a 17-member advisory panel
— picked in equal parts by Long, Bosma, Pence and
Democratic School Superintendent Glenda Ritz — is
expected to deliver its recommendations by November.
The Department of Education, based on the recom-
mendations, will then spend a year testing the new
In the meantime, Bennett’s formula will stay in
place for a year. At least now there is some more
insight into how those grades were calculated.
Expanding the conversation on abortion
In the announcement of their wed-
ding in the New York Times last week,
Faith Rein and Miami Heat player
Udonis Haslem talked about an abor-
tion decision they made early in their
14-year relationship.
“Despite the pregnancy, she was
busy with track meets and helping
him complete homework. The timing
was bad,” the Times reports. “I am not
a huge fan of abortion, but we both
had sports careers, plus we could not
financially handle a baby,” Haslem
said. “Udonis appreciated that I was
willing to have an abortion,” Rein said,
noting it was a “difficult time” and
attributes Haslem with being “caring”
and “supportive” during the process.
It’s hard not to ask
questions. What about
that lost mother-
hood, the fatherhood?
What is the relation-
ship between career
and convenience and
human dignity? What
if they had made it
work? Do you ask
“what if”?
Writing from
Australia, Anne R.
Lastman, a counselor who works with
women and men who are struggling
with the aftermath of an abortion,
sometimes years and even decades
later, talks about a cultural “sense
of loss” and a corporate/community
sense of guilt in the air, at a time
when abortion can seem expected. It’s
a culture where women and men come
to understand “their intrinsic worth”
as “gauged upon their worth in the
marketplace rather than upon their
worth as uniquely created beings.”
“It would be easy,” Lastman writes,
“to lay the blame for abortions at the
feet of the aborting mother, father, or
abortionists.” That’s the level of so
much of our public discourse. Even
as opponents of legal abortion lead
with compassion (see so much of
the work of so many of the leading
national and local activist and ser-
vice organizations, crisis-pregnancy
centers, and maternity homes), what
makes headlines tends to be some-
thing else.
Writing in her book “Redeeming
Grief,” Lastman asserts: “If it becomes
licit to take a human life when it
is weakest, wholly dependent on its
mother, on its parents, on the strength
of human consciences, then what dies
is not only an innocent human being
but also conscience itself.”
Now, I understand that the likeli-
hood of getting into questions of inno-
cence, death, and conscience aren’t
likely to be explored in a New York
Times wedding profile. But if we’re
going to tell the truth about life,
maybe what Rein and Haslem said
in the Times serves as an important
milestone, however incomplete, in con-
fronting what Lastman describes as a
culture of “abortion trauma” that all
too often is “quietly simmering” in the
lives of women and
men; it has unmis-
takably “produced
a new mentality, a
new understanding
of how things should
During an event
this summer at the
Vatican reflecting on
Pope John Paul II’s
“Evangelium Vitae”
(“The Gospel of Life”)
and the gravity of our moral responsi-
bilities in the modern world, American
Cardinal Raymond Burke reflected on
the essential need for “a new proclama-
tion of the truth regarding women and
motherhood.” Citing JPII, he stressed
that “the indispensible requisite for an
authentic cultural change” is realizing
that we need women who are open
to life, who protect life, who sacrifice
for another, who “first learn and then
teach others that human relations are
authentic if they are open to accept-
ing the other person: a person who
is recognized and loved because of
the dignity which comes from being a
person and not from other consider-
ations, such as usefulness, strength,
intelligence, beauty or health.”
We have a ways to go to reconcile
our lives with life. In very different
ways, Rein and Lastman are helping
us take baby steps.
Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-
large of National Review Online www.
September 10, 2013
Today is the 253rd day of 2013
and the 82nd day of summer.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1846, Elias
Howe patented the first sewing
In 1977, France used a guillotine
in carrying out a death sentence
for the last time.
In 2002, Switzerland became a
member of the United Nations.
TODAY’S FACT: The United
Nations, which included 193
member states as of August 2013,
began in 1945 when representa-
tives of 50 countries met in San
Francisco to draw the charter.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “The most
erroneous stories are those we
think we know best -- and there-
fore never scrutinize or ques-
tion.” — Stephen Jay Gould
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Think about the last time you
were in a giant chain bookstore,
with its aisles of best-sellers,
its huge children’s section, its
walls of mysteries and rooms of
romances. It’s got all the classics,
along with stacks of photo and
art books you can flip through,
page-turners that will keep you
up all night, books you will read
through in one sitting, business
books, self-help books, spiritual
books, how-to books — something
for everyone.
Picture that store and how
much time you spent there, and
how much money you spent when
you left. Now, imagine if all the
books in that store were free!
Every Danielle Steel novel,
every David Baldacci and James
Patterson thriller, everything ever
written by Nora Roberts, Maeve
Binchy, Tony Hillerman, Nevada
Barr, Louis L’Amour and Alexander
McCall Smith — absolutely free.
All you have to do is pick out what
you like, stick it under your arm
and walk out the door. No buzzers
go off, no security guard chases
you down the street screaming,
“Stop! Shoplifter!”
Have expensive tastes? Crave
that $65 unabridged audiobook of
the new J.K. Rowling? Want to lis-
ten to it in your car on your way to
work, but haven’t got the scratch?
Want to hear the new Jack Reacher
thriller or the “Game of Thrones”
series before you see it on TV?
Take it, it’s yours. Thanks, buh-
bye. Come back again soon.
Sick of reading the same old
wormy bedtime story to Junior over
and over and over and over and
over? The free bookstore stocks
hundreds of newly published chil-
dren’s books each year. Got a Harry
Potter fan in your house? The free
bookstore has a young adult sec-
tion with hundreds of fresh, new
stories as modern as an iWatch.
Walk in, grab what you like, walk
out. Why not? They’re free.
You want to learn how to debug
your computer? Make a quilt?
Build a treehouse? Want to know
what plants will live in microcli-
mate Zone 6a in your backyard?
Was the real “Wild Bill” Hickock
anything like they portrayed him
in the show “Deadwood”? It’s all
in the free books in the nonfiction
If there’s a book you want that’s
not in the free bookstore, they’ll
find a copy from another free
bookstore in another town and
deliver it to the store nearest
you. You don’t even have to leave
your house to order a book. You
can browse the free bookstore on
your computer at home and have
them save or order free books
for you. Or you can just call the
free bookstore and they’ll do it for
you. The store even has free high-
speed Internet connections and
free Wi-Fi for laptop users.
I know what you’re thinking:
If everything in this bookstore is
free, there must be some gim-
mick, like you have to take a tour
of some cheesy timeshare, or you
have to buy a bunch of scented
candles that you really don’t need.
Or maybe you have to donate
money to some wacky fringe group
selling “I Brake for Sasquatch”
bumper stickers.
But there is no gimmick; there
is no catch.
How far would you drive for a
store like that, a place giving away
free books? A hundred miles?
Eighty miles? Fifty? Would you
believe there’s a place like that
right here in town? Of course, you
do have to sign up for a library
card, which takes, oh, about a
minute. Or you can keep going to
that giant bookstore that charges
$26.95 plus tax for the same book
the library will let you read for
free. Hmmm. Talk about a tough
choice. Not.
Free books! This is noT a scam, iT’s called a library
The Village idioT
ven as opponents of legal
abortion lead with compas-
sion (see so much of the work of
so many of the leading national
and local activist and service
organizations, crisis-pregnancy
centers, and maternity homes),
what makes headlines tends to
be something else.
Parents plead:
‘Make that
call for help’
What a heartbreak-
ing story about Rachael
Fiege, an incoming
freshman at Indiana
University who died after
a fall down a set of steps
in the days leading up to
the first day of school.
Her mother and
father, in an interview
with Indianapolis Star
reporter Stephanie
Wang, weren’t prepared
to spread the blame for
their daughter’s death.
Instead, they were
mourning their 19-year-
old and not dissecting
the actions of those who
were at the late-night,
off-campus party.
‘‘I think you should
know that really, really,
really good kids some-
times make choices
that are not the right
choices,’’ Angi Fiege told
The Star. ‘‘I’m heartbro-
ken that anybody would
judge anybody at that
house. They made a mis-
take. They were young.
They didn’t understand.
... But hopefully other
people can learn vicari-
ously through this. Know
when to call for help.’’
At issue was wheth-
er students at the party
neglected to call for med-
ical attention because
they were concerned
about getting busted for
underage drinking. Why
it took six hours after
Fiege fell, suffering a
head injury, isn’t clear,
based on details released
so far by police.
But in the words of
her mother is a plea for
minors in similar situa-
tions to make that call
— regardless of whether
alcohol is a factor.
Indiana’s Lifeline Law,
approved in 2012, stops
authorities from prose-
cuting minors who have
been drinking alcohol
if they request medical
help for a person who
has alcohol-related inju-
ries or complications and
they cooperate with law
That’s a reminder for
students as they navigate
a new semester and the
parties that are bound to
As Rachael Fiege’s
mother said: ‘‘Know when
to call for help.’’
Journal &
Courier, Lafayette
Sandie and
Linda (Deam)
Knittle, rural
Decatur, will cel-
ebrate their 50th
wedding anni-
versary in the
upper peninsula
of Michigan on
September 14,
The couple
was married in
the Hoagland Methodist
Church on September
14, 1963. They have one
daughter, Cindy (Joel)
Jarvis of Washington D.C.
Sandie retired from
Scott’s Foods in Decatur
where he had been the
manager of the meat
department, and Linda
retired from nursing.
A Caribbean cruise will
be taken at a later date in
celebration of the event.
Decatur Daily Democrat
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • Page 5A
Community Calendar
Sense & Sensitivity
by Harriette Cole
Readers Respond To Gun Ownership
many people responded
to the question about
how to handle the situa-
tion when visiting a friend
whose parent has a gun
that I thought I would run
a few of them for your
Gun ownership and
gun safety are hot-button
issues right now. Many
of our nation’s cities con-
tinue to be plagued by
gun violence. Too often
we hear stories of little
children accidentally kill-
ing their siblings because
they got their hands on
some adult’s gun.
I spoke to a friend who
is a gun owner recently
who talked about how
views and uses of guns
are dramatically differ-
ent from region to region.
Indeed, this is true. Often,
the debate is about guns
in urban settings. But
in the case of the initial
question, it was essen-
tially about a child visit-
ing a home where guns
are stored and how to
protect the child. Here’s
what some of you had to
“Gun Shy” really wants to
keep her kid safe around
ALL guns and not just
the ones her friends has,
ask him to take her son
and his kids to a gun
range. Take the mystery
out of what damage a
firearm can really do, and
the kids will realize it is
not like in video games.
There is no reset button
for real people. -- Gun-
wise at an Early Age,
Believe it or not, 8 years
old is a great time to learn
about gun safety. Check
with your local Cub Scout
packs. There are some
very educational and
entertaining safety pre-
sentations available that
don’t involve handling
guns. -- Savvy, Racine,
Though I’m not a National
Rifle Association fan, I do
own guns and occasion-
ally shoot. My additional
advice to your reader
would be, whether or
not he or she decided
to let the child go to the
friend’s house, consider
taking a hunter’s safety
class. The class teaches
about guns and how to
handle them in a safe
environment. Students
learn to treat all guns as
being loaded and dan-
gerous at all times. No
one has to shoot a gun,
but this knowledge may
save someone’s life. In
Michigan’s hunter’s safe-
ty classes, people are
taught that it is NOT cool
to point guns for fun and
that they should be kept
locked up. Gun locks and
safes should be used in
all gun-owning homes,
and kids should not be
given the combination
to it/them. Parents who
don’t lock up their guns
are negligent.
A friend equated gun
safety with being a safe
driver. She said, “You
can’t be a safe driver if
you’ve never been taught
how. So how can you
be safe with or around
guns if you’ve never
been taught how? A car
can be just as lethal as
a gun, maybe more so.”
It really made me think.
-- Mindful, Auburn, Mich.
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Cosmetic “Circle”
Contact Lenses
The recent interest in
“circle-tinted” contact
lenses being sold on the in-
ternet to obtain an anime-
style look popularized by
Lady Gaga in her “Bad
Romance” music video is
of concern to optometrists.
Circle lenses are currently
not approved by the FDA
and are being obtained
without a prescription
in signifcant numbers,
primarily by teenagers and
young women.
Contact lenses considered
safe for the correction of
vision when appropriately
ftted by licensed eye care
providers. However, when
contact lenses are obtained
without a prescription and
without appropriate train-
ing, ftting and follow-up,
their use can result in com-
plications that include eye
infections and permanent
loss of vision. Purchasers
may also not be provided
with appropriate lens-care
instructions. Swapping or
sharing of contact lenses
is also of great concern.
Individuals who obtain
lenses via the internet or
mail order are four times
more likely to develop an
infection than are those
patients that go the normal
prescription route.
Visit our WEB SITE at:
or e-mail:
Sandie and Linda Knittle
appreciation day
Friday, September 13, 2013
Stop by First Bank of Berne’s
Decatur East Branch on Friday.
Visit with your friends, enjoy
refreshments and register for
prizes to be given away.
Depend On Us
Bunker Hill
Van Wert
TUESDAY, September 10:
Bread of Life food pantry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe
United Methodist Church.
TOPS Club, 10 a.m., Riverside Center.
Senior citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside
Operation Help food pantry for Decatur and
Monroe residents, 1-3 p.m., Adams County Service
Complex. Bring your own bags.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Food Pantry,
5-6 p.m. Families can receive food once monthly.
SAFE in Adams County, 6-8 p.m., Decatur
A.A., 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
V.F.W. Auxiliary, 7 p.m., V.F.W. Post.
WEDNESDAY, September 11:
Immanuel House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 8545 N 500 E,
Free meal, 5-6 p.m., First United Methodist
Church, 6th St. entrance.
Celebrate Recovery, 6-7 p.m., small groups, 7-8
p.m., The Bridge Community Church.
Adult Children of Alcoholics, a 12-step support
program for those raised in alcoholic families, 7 p.m.,
The Bridge Community Church, 403 Winchester Rd.
Women of the Moose ofrficers, 7 p.m., Moose
THURSDAY, September 12:
Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Adams Memorial Hospital,
Decatur Room.
Bread of Life food pantry, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monroe
United Methodist Church.
Senior Citizens play cards, 1 p.m., Riverside
Monroe United Methodist Church Farmer’s Wagon,
1 p.m. Line is to form no earlier than noon.
TOPS Club weigh-in, 5:30 p.m.; meeting 6:15
p.m., Woodcrest Activity Building.
Weight Watchers, 6 p.m., weigh-in; 6:30 p.m.
meeting, Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur Room.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St., free
dinner 6 p.m., Bible study group 6 :30 p.m.
Swiss Stitchers will not
be meeting this month due
to the group’s annual bus
trip. This they will travel
on Saturday September
21 to visit quilt shops in
central Indiana.
The bus will leave the
Mennonite church park-
ing lot, across from the
clock tower in Berne,
at 7:30 a.m. and return
around 7 p.m.
Cost is $10 if you did
not work at the Swiss
Days Quilt Show this
year. Call Vivian Lemmon
at 692-6227 or Jane
Meshberger at 334-5416
before September 10 to
reserve your seat or for
more information.
Swiss Stitchers
bus trip scheduled
4-H State Fair champs named
Brittany and Ashley
Lotter, daughters of Todd
and Jodi of Berne, ended
their 10 year 4-H careers
taking top honors at the
Indiana State Fair.
Brittany received
Reserve Grand Champion
Dairy Beef and Ashley
received Grand Champion
Dairy Feeder Steer.
Also earning top honors
at the fair was Madison
Schoeneman, ending her
third year as a 4-H mem-
ber by earning Reserve
Grand Champion Dairy
Feeder Steer .
For more information
or questions please call
the Extension Office at
Pictured from left are the Lotter fam-
ily, Courtney, Todd, Jodi, Brittany and
Ashley with their prize winning steers.
(Photo provided)
Pictured from left are the Schoeneman family.
Brandon, Heidi, Phil and Madison, with their cham-
pion feeder steer. (Photo provided)
Summer’s End Celebration set at Berne church
The Bridge Community
Church’s annual End of
Summer Celebration will
take place on Sunday,
September 15, at 4-H
Fairgrounds in Monroe,
as they say good-bye
to the summer with a
day filled with worship,
activities, free food and
fun for all ages. This
event is open to the pub-
“This year, our
Summer’ s End
Celebration is going to
be bigger and better than
ever before,” said Senior
Pastor Mo Hodge. “Bring
your lawn chairs and
join us for a family style
outdoor service with our
worship band and hear
a great message from
nationally known speak-
er Mike “Ash” Ashburn.
Mike is well known as
the “Hillbilly Preacher”
at the Dollywood theme
park. He will make you
laugh and then make
you cry!”
The menu of activi-
ties include seven blow-
up games, a trackless
train, carnival games,
face painting, clowns,
and more. Admission
and activities are free of
charge. There will also
be several lunch stations
serving fresh grilled
hamburgers and hot
dogs, along with potato
chips, applesauce, cook-
ies, and soda or water,
all at no charge.
The party will finish
with an 80’s “throwback
show” on the stage fea-
turing songs and skits
from the 1980’s. The
show begins at 2 p.m.
and will last approxi-
mately one hour.
For more informa-
tion contact the church
at 728-4070 or on their
website at www.thebri-
Decatur Daily Democrat Page 6A • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Photos by Mike Lamm
Hot air balloonists descend upon Van Wert
The annual Van Wert Hot
Air Balloon Festival was
held this past week-
end at the Van Wert
County fairgrounds.
Over 15 balloons and
their pilots from Ohio,
Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota and Florida
participated in this years
event, which began on
Thursday, Sept. 5 and
concluded Sunday.
Visitors were treated to
evening “glow” events,
where the balloons were
illuminated after dark by
the pilots as they ignited
their gas burners into
the balloons without
actually taking off. For a
small fee, visitors could
also ascend from the
fairgrounds in a balloon
tethered to the ground,
or for a larger fee, could
schedule balloon rides
with the individual bal-
loonists themselves.
Food, rides and other
entertainment, including
a Saturday night fire-
works display, were also
available to those who
attended the event.
Willis leads SA past Indians
GENEVA—South Adams improved to 14-1 in
match play with a win over Mississinewa on
Monday night 191-224.
Playing the front nine at the Golf Course of the
Limberlost, Sydney Willis continued her trend up
the scorecard with an even par 36 on the day earn-
ing medalist honors easily. Jaci Gorrell shot a 48
with Alaina Johnston shooting a 53, Kelli Lehman
nabbing a 54, and Alleigh Wingler a 55. Amy
Schwartz shot a 60 rounding out the SA scores.
The best shooter for the Lady Indians was Marisa
Alford with a 53, followed by Savannah Acord
with a 54, Kaylee Scott with a 58, and Brooklynn
Brubaker with a 59.
South Adams is off until Saturday when they
travel to Winchester.
B. Luers downs Stars, 4-1
FORT WAYNE—Bishop Luers handed the
Starfire tennis squad a 4-1 loss on Monday night
spotting SA only a forfeit victory.
McGerran Clouser earned a win at three singles
despite being down a set 6-2 to Timmy Rooney as
the Luers player could not continue due to injury.
The other Knights were healthy enough to top the
other match-ups including number one Isaiah Klotz
defeating Dexter Miller 6-3, 6-2. At two singles, Cole
Myers was bested by Luers' Erick Woehnker in an
exciting three-set match 6-4, 4-6, 5-7.
At the doubles level, Jared Rife and Kameron
Delong were blanked in the third set to go down
against Mark Hellinger and Austyn Rybiek 6-2,
3-6, 0-6. At two, Blake Baumer and Dylan Pierce
also played a tough match falling to Ethan Brown
and Any Maveh 6-4, 7-5.
The JV Stars were felled against the Knight
reserves 5-2.
Winning for SA was Carlos Vagos with an 8-5
win at four singles, while in doubles, Zachary
Teeple and Jamison Kistler were winners 8-7 (8-6)
at three doubles.
SA travels to Adams Central tonight starting at
4:30 p.m.
Monmouth baseball to hold
meeting regarding future
An important meeting regarding the future
direction of the Monmouth Baseball Leagues will
be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Bellmont
Middle School Cafetorium.
The session will start at approximately 7:30
according to league president Ian Gilbert. All par-
ents of players who played at Monmouth during
the 2013 baseball season are urged to attend this
very important meeting.
NatioNal sports briefs...
DETROIT (AP) — Ndamukong Suh might’ve got-
ten himself in trouble with another nasty play on
the field.
Suh’s illegal low block in Detroit’s game on
Sunday against Minnesota will be reviewed for
potential discipline, NFL spokesman Randall Liu
confirmed Monday in an email to The Associated
are denying an allegation from Dallas owner Jerry
Jones that they faked injuries during a long touch-
down drive by the Cowboys in New York’s season-
opening loss.
Jones said after Dallas’ 36-31 victory Sunday
night that ‘‘it was so obvious it was funny’’ when
linebacker Dan Connor and defensive tackle Cullen
Jenkins went out on consecutive plays in the sec-
ond quarter, stopping the clock each time.
Tony Romo and Jason Witten appeared to com-
plain to officials while Jenkins was down.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — With two big
votes out of the way, the IOC awaits another criti-
cal decision: electing a new president to lead the
Olympic body into the next decade.
Thomas Bach of Germany goes into Tuesday’s
International Olympic Committee vote as the strong
favorite among the field of six candidates vying for
the most powerful job in world sports.
Bach, a 59-year-old lawyer and IOC vice presi-
dent who heads Germany’s national Olympic body,
has long been considered the front-runner to suc-
ceed Jacques Rogge, the 71-year-old Belgian who
is stepping down after 12 years in office.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The IOC
wants Lance Armstrong to return his Olympic
IOC Vice President Thomas Bach says Armstrong
and the U.S. Olympic Committee have been asked
to give back the cycling bronze medal the American
won at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
SportS HigHligHtS
By Dylan Malone
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NFL—Texans 31, Chargers 28...Eagles 33, Redskins 27...MLB—Cubs 2, Reds 0...W. Sox 5, Tigers 1
AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER—In a remark-
able Monday Night Football comeback, the
Houston Texans overcame a 28-7 halftime score
to defeat the San Diego Chargers 31-28. Arguably
the greatest comeback in NFL history happened
on December 7, 1980 when Joe Montana led the
‘Niners over the Saints in an overtime win 38-35
despite trailing 35-7 at halftime.
Charger hitters scramble AC at the net; Carroll wins 3-1
ited third set by the Lady
Jets was not enough to
salvage a faulty first two
frames as Adams Central
fell 3-1 on the road at
Carroll Monday night,
25-18, 25-19, 25-15,
The Chargers, one of
Bellmont's fiercest rivals
from 4A, looked sharp
in their opening first set
jumping out to a 9-2
start before the Lady Jets
managed their first kill of
the game off the hands
of Abbey Lichtle. A com-
bination of some out of
character errors by AC
and Carroll's quick start
were the culprits.
It was 12-4 at one
point before a big block
from Haley Gross and a
miscue from Carroll off
of a stellar Lichtle serve
made it 12-6.
The hole proved to be
too great to overcome for
the Jets as the lead lin-
gered around 6-7 points
for much of the first
frame. The Chargers led
21-13 before AC made
their final run of the
opening stanza with four
straight points starting
with a Jenni Baumer tip
kill, then Gross smash-
ing a point down and
a pair of Baumer aces
making it 21-17.
Carroll would close
out the set, however,
with four of the final five
The second set would
be more a testament of
the hitters from Carroll
as the Lady Jets sharp-
ened their game a bit
but still found them-
selves down 8-1. Four of
the first eight points for
the Chargers belonged
to heavy-hitting, 6'2''
sophomore Jacqueline
"Carroll is just a
stacked team," AC coach
Ashley Beard praised of
her opponents. "They
have so many good hit-
ters for them and it real-
ly made it tough to block
and we had some play-
ers floating out there at
times because of it."
AC would claw back
into the set once again
but slowly with a kill
by Gross at 13-5 bring-
ing the Jets within eight
again. Carroll would
push their biggest lead
of the match, however, at
The Lady Jets would
suffer from "too little, too
late" at the end of set
two facing a 22-14 score
before nabbing five of the
final eight points run-
ning out of time and fall-
ing behind 2-0 in the set
Down to their final set,
coach Beard made some
drastic changes to the
on-court look of the Jets
moving former libero
Abby Snyder back to her
normal spot donning the
special shirt and direct-
ing the defense. The
move also included plac-
ing setter Madi Schwartz
on the outside for some
extra fire power and
bringing in some fresh
faces off of the bench
including junior Meghan
Manley, and sophomores
Kara Keller and Anna
Coach Beard explained
her decision for the third
set, "We've been want-
ing to get to that 6-2 set
all season long but it
just hasn't developed for
us quite yet. Tonight it
looked to be heading in
the right direction."
According to the AC
coach, a 6-2 set means
always having three hit-
ters at the net with the
setter coming from the
back row.
The result was imme-
diate for the Jets as
Lichtle started the set
with a block at the net
and AC led 3-0 out of
the gate. AC left a bump
to the setter long with
Quade taking advan-
tage slamming it straight
down on the Lady Jet
side for Carroll's first
The lead would bal-
loon, however, to a
10-5 lead with Whitney
Peterson winning a bat-
tle at the net earning a
tip kill. The play would
be a great summary of
the third game as AC
controlled the net thor-
oughly with great back
row support from Snyder,
Keller, Burkhart and Liz
A Manley ace and a
Gross kill pushed the
lead to 18-8 forcing a
Carroll timeout but the
damage was done. The
teams would split 7-7
the rest of the way giving
AC the set.
"We made a lot of errors
in the first two sets,"
coach Beard explained.
"That third game was
pretty good. We really
took it to them. We made
a switch that game and
it worked out pretty well
with Keller, Manley, and
Burkhart really stepping
up for us."
Carroll found their
groove once again in
the fourth set, despite
the play of the Jets con-
tinuing at a high level.
Quade's kill would push
the early lead to 4-1
and a few points later
a Peterson cross would
keep AC close at 5-3.
The best run of the set
came with AC down 10-5
when Peterson and Gross
would go back-to-back
on kills and Schwartz
would ace bringing them
within two at 10-8.
The Chargers would
open the gap again,
however, with a 9-4 run
pushing their lead to
19-12. Like the first two
sets, the lead was too
much to overcome late
in the set for AC despite
better net play.
Peterson led the
offense with 12 kills, a
solo block, and two aces,
while Gross had nine
kills and an assisted
swat. Baumer chipped
in with five kills with
two aces, while Snyder,
Lichtle and Schwartz
had two kills apiece.
Schwartz had 23
assists with eight digs
and an ace as well, while
Snyder led the team
with 16 digs defensive-
ly and Manley led with
three aces and one kill.
Luginbill had 10 digs,
Burkhart had seven
assists, and Keller had
eight digs.
The JV fared no bet-
ter for AC losing two sets
25-17, 25-18.
Kylie Baller, Annie
Isch, Makenzie Barger,
and Taylor Biberstine all
had two kills.
AC will have no time
to work out kinks as they
host Heritage tonight
starting at 6 p.m. with
the JV contest.
A LEARNING EXPERIENCE—AC coach Ashley Beard (right) takes the opportunity to explain a play to
junior Haley Gross (#22) during a timeout. The Lady Jets managed to take a set against powerhouse
Carroll in a 3-1 loss on the road Monday night. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
win MNF
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DDD SportS ScoreboarD
National Football League
By The Associated Press
New England 1 0 0 1.000 23 21
Miami 1 0 0 1.000 23 10
N.Y. Jets 1 0 0 1.000 18 17
Buffalo 0 1 0 .000 21 23
Indianapolis 1 0 0 1.000 21 17
Tennessee 1 0 0 1.000 16 9
Houston 1 0 0 1.000 31 28
Jacksonville 0 1 0 .000 2 28
Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 21 24
Pittsburgh 0 1 0 .000 9 16
Baltimore 0 1 0 .000 27 49
Cleveland 0 1 0 .000 10 23
Kansas City 1 0 0 1.000 28 2
Denver 1 0 0 1.000 49 27
San Diego 0 1 0 .000 28 31
Oakland 0 1 0 .000 17 21
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1.000 33 27
Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 36 31
Washington 0 1 0 .000 27 33
N.Y. Giants 0 1 0 .000 31 36
New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 23 17
Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 17 18
Carolina 0 1 0 .000 7 12
Atlanta 0 1 0 .000 17 23
Detroit 1 0 0 1.000 34 24
Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 24 21
Green Bay 0 1 0 .000 28 34
Minnesota 0 1 0 .000 24 34
St. Louis 1 0 0 1.000 27 24
San Francisco 1 0 0 1.000 34 28
Seattle 1 0 0 1.000 12 7
Arizona 0 1 0 .000 24 27
Thursday’s Game
Denver 49, Baltimore 27
Sunday’s Games
New Orleans 23, Atlanta 17
Chicago 24, Cincinnati 21
New England 23, Buffalo 21
Tennessee 16, Pittsburgh 9
N.Y. Jets 18, Tampa Bay 17
Kansas City 28, Jacksonville 2
Seattle 12, Carolina 7
Miami 23, Cleveland 10
Detroit 34, Minnesota 24
Indianapolis 21, Oakland 17
San Francisco 34, Green Bay 28
St. Louis 27, Arizona 24
Dallas 36, N.Y. Giants 31
Monday’s Games
Philadelphia 33, Washington 27
Houston 31, San Diego 28
Thursday, Sep. 12
N.Y. Jets at New England, 8:25 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 15
Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.
Washington at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 1 p.m.
St. Louis at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Miami at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 4:05
Jacksonville at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Denver at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m.
San Francisco at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Sep. 16
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:40 p.m.
National League
By The Associated Press
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 86 57 .601 —
Washington 74 69 .517 12
Philadelphia 66 77 .462 20
New York 64 78 .451 21 1/2
Miami 53 89 .373 32 1/2
Central Division
W L Pct GB
St. Louis 83 60 .580 —
Pittsburgh 82 61 .573 1
Cincinnati 82 63 .566 2
Milwaukee 62 80 .437 20 1/2
Chicago 61 82 .427 22
West Division
W L Pct GB
Los Angeles 84 59 .587 —
Arizona 72 71 .503 12
San Diego 65 77 .458 18 1/2
Colorado 66 79 .455 19
San Francisco 65 79 .451 19 1/2
Sunday’s Games
N.Y. Mets 2, Cleveland 1
Washington 6, Miami 4
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 2
Milwaukee 3, Chicago Cubs 1
San Francisco 3, Arizona 2, 11
San Diego 5, Colorado 2
Cincinnati 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
Monday’s Games
Atlanta 5, Miami 2
Chicago Cubs 2, Cincinnati 0
Washington 9, N.Y. Mets 0
Pittsburgh 1, Texas 0
L.A. Dodgers 8, Arizona 1
San Francisco 3, Colorado 2, 10
Tuesday’s Games
San Diego (Cashner 8-8) at Philadel-
phia (Cloyd 2-3), 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 11-7) at Miami
(Koehler 3-9), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 7-15) at
Cincinnati (Cingrani 7-3), 7:10 p.m.
Washington (Zimmermann 16-8) at
N.Y. Mets (Gee 11-9), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 15-7) at Texas
(M.Perez 9-3), 8:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (W.Peralta 9-14) at St.
Louis (S.Miller 12-9), 8:15 p.m.
Arizona (Cahill 6-10) at L.A. Dodgers
(Volquez 9-11), 10:10 p.m.
Colorado (J.De La Rosa 16-6) at San
Francisco (Vogelsong 3-5), 10:15
Wednesday’s Games
Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 8-11) at
Cincinnati (Leake 12-6), 12:35 p.m.
Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 7-10) at
Texas (Garza 3-3), 2:05 p.m.
Colorado (Nicasio 8-7) at San Fran-
cisco (Petit 3-0), 3:45 p.m.
San Diego (Stults 8-13) at Philadel-
phia (Halladay 3-4), 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta (Minor 13-6) at Miami (Fer-
nandez 11-6), 7:10 p.m.
Washington (Haren 8-13) at N.Y.
Mets (Z.Wheeler 7-4), 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Estrada 6-4) at St. Louis
(Lynn 13-10), 8:15 p.m.
Arizona (Corbin 13-6) at L.A. Dodg-
ers (Ryu 13-5), 10:10 p.m.
American League
By The Associated Press
East Division
W L Pct GB
Boston 87 58 .600 —
Tampa Bay 78 64 .549 7 1/2
Baltimore 77 66 .538 9
New York 76 68 .528 10 1/2
Toronto 67 76 .469 19
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 82 62 .569 —
Cleveland 77 66 .538 4 1/2
Kansas City 75 69 .521 7
Minnesota 62 80 .437 19
Chicago 58 85 .406 23 1/2
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 83 60 .580 —
Texas 81 62 .566 2
Los Angeles 67 76 .469 16
Seattle 65 79 .451 18 1/2
Houston 48 96 .333 35 1/2
Sunday’s Games
N.Y. Yankees 4, Boston 3
N.Y. Mets 2, Cleveland 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Baltimore 2
Kansas City 5, Detroit 2
Toronto 2, Minnesota 0
Texas 4, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 7, Houston 2
Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 1
Monday’s Games
Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3
Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 2
Minnesota 6, L.A. Angels 3
Pittsburgh 1, Texas 0
Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit 1
Houston 6, Seattle 4
Tuesday’s Games
Kansas City (Guthrie 13-10) at
Cleveland (McAllister 7-8), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Nova 8-4) at Baltimore
(Mig.Gonzalez 9-7), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Williams 6-10) at Toron-
to (Buehrle 11-7), 7:07 p.m.
Boston (Buchholz 9-0) at Tampa Bay
(Price 8-7), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 15-7) at Texas
(M.Perez 9-3), 8:05 p.m.
Detroit (Porcello 11-8) at Chicago
White Sox (Er.Johnson 0-1), 8:10
Oakland (J.Parker 11-6) at Minnesota
(Hendriks 1-2), 8:10 p.m.
Houston (Lyles 6-7) at Seattle
(J.Saunders 11-13), 10:10 p.m.
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Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 7-10) at
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N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 10-9) at Balti-
more (Feldman 5-4), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 15-6) at Toron-
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Boston (Dempster 8-9) at Tampa Bay
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Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 13-7) at Chica-
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AP Auto Racing Writer
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — His reputation has been
battered, his team blasted by NASCAR for manipulat-
ing the outcome of a pivotal race. Now Clint Bowyer will
do his best to pick up the pieces and try to salvage his
‘‘No rearview mirrors in life, just windshield ahead. It’s
been a great year and is going to be a great chase. Time
to move on!!!’’ Bowyer posted on Twitter late Monday
It was his first public comment since NASCAR
launched an investigation into his Saturday night spin
at Richmond and ultimately uncovered a series of delib-
erate actions by Michael Waltrip Racing to alter the race
results and the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup
championship. The sordid saga concluded Monday with
a hefty penalty that saw Ryan Newman replace Martin
Truex Jr. in the Chase as MWR was fined $300,000,
and general manager Ty Norris received an indefinite
Truex, Bowyer and Brian Vickers were docked 50
points apiece — but Bowyer’s deduction does not affect
his position in the Chase, which begins Sunday at
‘‘We penalize to ask for it to not happen again,’’
NASCAR President Mike Helton said. ‘‘It’s a message
from the league or the sanctioning body saying ‘You
can’t do this.’’’
Newman was leading with seven laps remaining
Saturday night at Richmond, where a victory would
have given him the final spot in the 12-driver Chase
field. But Bowyer spun to bring out a caution, setting in
motion a chain of events that ultimately led to Newman
losing the race and the Chase berth, which instead went
to Bowyer teammate Truex.
While examining the situation, NASCAR reviewed
communication between Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip
Racing crew that seemed to indicate the spin was delib-
erate, as well as additional evidence that suggested
MWR had Bowyer and Vickers take a dive over the final
three laps so Joey Logano would knock Jeff Gordon
out of Chase contention in yet another attempt to help
NASCAR did not adjust the standings to put Gordon
into the Chase — he was in before Bowyer’s spin —
because Helton said it was impossible to address all the
What of Newman’s future?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman expected
to spend Monday celebrating his new job with Richard
Childress Racing. Instead, still reeling from the contro-
versial spin by Clint Bowyer that took him out of cham-
pionship contention, he sounded emotionally exhausted
as he announced his 2014 plans.
‘‘What happened to me Saturday night is the toughest
thing that I’ve ever gone through in any kind of racing
in my 30 years of driving because of the way everything
went down,’’ Newman said.
Newman was leading with seven laps remaining
Saturday night at Richmond, where a victory would
have given him the final spot in the 12-driver Chase for
the Sprint Cup championship field. But Bowyer spun
and out came a caution, setting in motion a chain of
events that ultimately led to Newman losing the race
and Bowyer teammate Martin Truex Jr. earning the final
Chase berth.
NASCAR was reviewing communication between
Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip Racing crew that seems
to indicate the spin was deliberate, as well as additional
evidence that suggests MWR had Bowyer and driver
Brian Vickers take a dive over the final three laps so
that Joey Logano would knock Jeff Gordon out of Chase
contention in yet another attempt to help Truex.
‘‘I pretty much had to stress myself to sleep Saturday
night. I had my phone in my hands and was commu-
nicating with different people at different times about
different things,’’ Newman said. ‘‘In the end, it became
more disappointing the more we dug into it. It didn’t just
affect me, it affected Jeff Gordon and at the same time
Logano and Truex.
Eagles win in Kelly debut; Texans comeback
After Michael Vick kneeled
down for the final time,
having sapped the life out
of the Robert Griffin III
welcome back party, the
exhausted Philadelphia
Eagles offense exchanged
the usual pleasantries
with the even-more-spent
Washington Redskins
RG3 and the Redskins
just couldn’t keep up
with Vick, LeSean McCoy
and the frenetic offense
unleashed by coach
Chip Kelly on the NFL on
Monday night. The Eagles
crammed 53 plays into a
30-minute first half, took
a 26-point lead in the third
quarter and held on for a
33-27 upset of the defend-
ing NFC East champs.
Running the don’t-
take-a-breath attack that
won 87 percent of the time
during Kelly’s four years at
the University of Oregon,
Vick completed 15 of 25
passes for 203 yards and
two touchdowns, and he
also ran nine times for
56 yards and a score.
McCoy piled up 184 yards
on 31 carries, including
a 34-yard TD. DeSean
Jackson had seven catch-
es for 104 yards and a
The game was played
eight months to the day
since the Redskins quar-
terback had major knee
surgery, and his return
was the culmination of
a dedicated, high-profile
rehab that included a pub-
lic clash with Washington
coach Mike Shanahan
that barely put a dent in
the fans’ fervent adoration
for their franchise player.
Meanwhile, the mass-
es didn’t get much of a
chance to chant ‘‘R-G-3!’’
— because the Redskins
offense couldn’t stay on
the field. Their first seven
plays: lost fumble by
Alfred Morris, 3-yard loss
by Morris, penalty for ille-
gal shift, screen to Morris
that got back some yards,
interception thrown by
Griffin into triple cover-
age, pass dropped by full-
back Darrel Young, safety
that occurred when Morris
bobbled a pitch in the end
The Redskins were
trailing 33-7 late in the
third quarter before three
consecutive touchdowns
— the last coming with
1:14 to play — made the
score more respectable.
Wearing a brace on his
right knee, Griffin com-
pleted 30 of 49 passes
for 329 yards, but 169
yards came in the fourth
after the Eagles had taken
control. He was also inter-
cepted twice — the first
multi-interception game of
his career. He ran only five
times for 24 yards.
when the Houston Texans
fell behind by three touch-
downs on the road in the
second half of their season
opener, Matt Schaub and
Andre Johnson remained
confident they could roar
right back.
Randy Bullock kicked a
41-yard field goal as time
expired, and Houston
rallied from a 21-point
deficit in the second half
for a 31-28 victory over
the Chargers on Monday
Brian Cushing returned
an interception 18 yards
for the tying touchdown
with 9:30 to play for the
Texans, who erased a 28-7
deficit late in the third
quarter to spoil the debut
of Chargers coach Mike
After two straight divi-
sion titles and playoff trips,
the Texans have ample
experience in handling
trouble together. Schaub
provided steady leader-
ship, and their vaunted
defense held San Diego to
90 yards in the second
Johnson had 12 catch-
es for 146 yards.
While the Chargers
showed promise, the
Texans began a season
of Super Bowl aspirations
with a gritty comeback
befitting a defending two-
time AFC South champion
club that got off to an 11-1
start last season.
Schaub recovered from
that tipped interception
on the first play to throw
three TD passes — two to
tight end Owen Daniels
— in the final game of the
NFL’s opening weekend.
Philip Rivers threw four
touchdown passes in a
tantalizing start for the
Chargers under McCoy,
the offensive guru hired to
revitalize a stagnant fran-
chise. San Diego led 7-0
just 15 seconds in with a
TD pass in its first play.
But Houston’s veteran
toughness took over: The
Texans’ powerful defense
shut out San Diego over
the final 25 minutes, and
Schaub engineered the
final 36-yard drive to set
up Bullock, who coolly
nailed his first NFL field
AP Tennis Writer
Rafael Nadal was not quite
ready to contemplate his
place in tennis history.
It had been less than
two hours since a grip-
ping victory over Novak
Djokovic earned Nadal his
second U.S. Open cham-
pionship and 13th Grand
Slam title overall.
So when a question
came about the likelihood
of catching up to the only
men who have won more
major trophies — Roger
Federer has 17, Pete
Sampras has 14 — Nadal
simply smiled and replied:
‘‘Let me enjoy today.’’
As it is, the 27-year-old
Nadal added, his Grand
Slam collection is ‘‘much
more than what I ever
thought ... ever dreamed.’’
Still, even Nadal
acknowledged there was
something special about
his latest trophy, achieved
by getting the best of the
No. 1-ranked Djokovic on
the most important of their
rollicking points that last-
ed 15, 25, even more than
50 strokes. Withstanding
Djokovic’s similar hustle-
to-every-ball style, Nadal
eventually pulled away
to win their taut final at
Flushing Meadows 6-2,
3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday
That’s because he
watched last year’s U.S.
Open on TV from the sofa
back home in Spain, side-
lined by a left knee injury
that forced him off the tour
for about seven months.
Nadal knew he’d return
to tennis. Less clear was
whether he would ever
return to an elite level.
Turns out, he might
just be better than ever.
And when the last point
was done Monday, Nadal
fell on his back, then rolled
over onto his stomach and
buried his face in his arms.
The tears started flowing.
Earlier in his career,
Nadal’s prowess at the
French Open and other
tournaments played on
slow, red clay earned him
the moniker King of Clay.
His first four major titles
came in Paris.
But by tinkering with
his game and constant-
ly seeking to improve, he
has become a master of
every surface. He’s one of
seven men with a career
Grand Slam: In addition
to his record eight French
Open championships, he
now has two from the U.S.
Open’s hard courts, one
from the Australian Open’s
hard courts, and two from
Wimbledon’s grass courts.
Nadal wins 13th major
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profitable ways to use them.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
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crete ways to lower your costs.
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duce and how you carry out your
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hold a casual wedding reception. Farms are typi-
cally located on a large piece of land that can easily
accommodate a number of guests.
* Botanical gardens: Enjoy the peak foliage of
whatever season you are enjoying at the botanical
gardens nearest to you. Many gardens offer some
sort of wedding package and may contract with an
outside caterer to provide everything from sit-down
meals to passed appetizers. Couples looking for
one-stop-shopping can also combine the ceremony
and reception at the gardens for a magical experi-
ence amid flowers, trees and more.
* Sports arena: Sports fans may dream of having
their wedding on the field of their favorite profes-
sional team. Individuals can contact the stadium to
find out if they do any private parties. If not, con-
sider a stadium on a more local level, such as a
college or high school field. The ambience will be
the same, but the more local or smaller venue may
be more affordable.
* Oceanside: Where there is a beach, there is the
opportunity to have a wedding at the seashore.
Beach weddings are usually casual affairs, and
couples could have more leeway with regard to food
and drinks.
* Clubhouse: For those who live in a condominium
or a community managed by a homeowner’s asso-
ciation, there may be a clubhouse on the premises.
Very often these clubhouses can be rented out for
parties. Couples interested in an intimate affair can
bring in their own food and have a low-cost recep-
tion close to home.
* Castle or estate: Dreaming of a fairy tale wed-
ding? A historical building may make for the per-
fect backdrop. Certain historical societies may
rent out estates and other buildings for weddings.
At the very least, couples may be able to have
their wedding on the grounds with the impressive
home in the background.
* Boat: Dinner cruises frequently depart during
peak sightseeing seasons from various locations
on the coast. Couples may opt to have their
reception aboard a paddle boat or larger cruise
liner, and the cost may be on par with a stationary
reception venue.
* Amusement park: If you want to get hitched at a
favorite amusement park, speak with guest ser-
vices to determine if they have any accommoda-
tions for weddings. Thrill seekers may want to tie
the knot and then take a ride on a hair-raising
roller coaster. Guests can dine on traditional foods
and a mix of carnival treats.
* At home: Couples who really want to save
money can opt to get married right at home. Pot
luck food and donations of other treats from family
members can keep costs down without compro-
mising on the fun factor.
Various reception venues can make for a memo-
rable wedding. Couples can explore their options
when a more traditional venue is not necessarily
their style.
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Associated Press
Three years before the
next presidential elec-
tion, several prospective
Republican White House
contenders are quietly
courting senior members
of Mitt Romney’s money
For the candidates,
Romney’s team repre-
sents a well-connect-
ed group of influential
donors who can quick-
ly generate — or divert
elsewhere — the finan-
cial resources that have
become the lifeblood
of modern presiden-
tial politics. The former
Republican presidential
nominee had question-
able political skills, but
his fundraising operation
was considered an over-
whelming success.
And Romney’s fund-
raising lieutenants —
some new to national
politics and others well-
entrenched political
players — are beginning
to look for a new home
as the potential field of
Republican presidential
candidates grows. Some
caution against reading
too much into their early
contact with candidates,
but acknowledge that it’s
never too early to begin
strengthening relation-
ships with major donors.
‘‘We built an interest-
ing network of people.
A lot of them would be
inclined to get involved
again,’’ Romney finance
chairman Spencer Zwick
said in a recent inter-
view. ‘‘I would love to be
heavily involved.’’
But expect the donors
to be selective. Romney
himself suggests that
only one — ‘‘or perhaps
two’’ — of the growing
crop of Republicans is
electable. And his top
donors, at least for now,
tend to agree.
Interviews with more
than a dozen senior
donors suggest that the
men and women who
generated hundreds of
millions of dollars for
Romney’s 2012 presiden-
tial campaign represent
the more pragmatic wing
of the Republican Party
— a group likely to shy
away from candidates
driven by rigid conser-
vative ideology. But few
donors have committed
to a contender this early.
And Republican heavy-
weights across the politi-
cal spectrum are aggres-
sively seeking face time
with Romney donors
at presidential ‘‘cattle
call’’ events around the
country and in get-to-
know-you meetings in
New York, Los Angeles,
Boston and elsewhere.
New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie recently met
privately with Zwick in
Boston, while several
possible 2016ers have
courted Charlie Spies,
who created the super
PAC devoted to Romney’s
2012 presidential bid.
Spies’ group alone
raised more than $150
million, while Romney’s
campaign collected $446
million, shattering the
previous fundraising
record by a Republican
presidential candidate.
‘‘I’ve had multiple con-
versations with people
who may consider run-
ning,’’ Spies said while
downplaying his focus
on the next presiden-
tial contest ahead of the
2014 midterms.
Half a dozen Republican
leaders weighing presi-
dential bids are expect-
ed to attend a Sept. 23
fundraiser at the home
of senior Romney donor
Woody Johnson, owner
of the New York Jets. The
attendees, who include
Christie, Florida Sen.
Marco Rubio, Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul and
Wisconsin Rep. Paul
Ryan, will also attend
a Washington fundrais-
er for Iowa Gov. Terry
Branstad the next day.
The Washington event
was organized, in part,
by Lisa Spies, the wife
of the pro-Romney super
PAC founder, who helped
raise more than $23 mil-
lion last year as head of
the Romney campaign’s
women’s outreach pro-
It’s unclear how much
influence Romney main-
tains over his former
fundraising network,
but he addressed the
2016 election last month
at a New Hampshire
Republican Party fund-
raiser, calling on his
party to ‘‘stay smart,’’ in
part, by backing candi-
dates who can win.
‘‘My guess is that
every one of the contend-
ers would be better than
whoever the Democrats
put up,’’ Romney said.
‘‘But there will only be
one or perhaps two who
actually could win the
election in November.’’
While Romney didn’t
name names, donors pri-
vately suggest that they’d
likely avoid conservative
firebrands like Paul or
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, or
those like Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker who have
been critical of Romney’s
campaign. Romney’s net-
work has shown an early
interest in Rubio in par-
Just this year alone,
Rubio’s super PAC has
attracted donations from
seven Romney ‘‘bun-
dlers’’ — a term used to
describe people who help
steer contributions from
several donors to a can-
didate — that generated
a combined $1.8 million
for Romney’s campaign,
according to campaign
finance reports. Another
four Romney bundlers are
organizing a Washington
fundraising reception for
Rubio later this month.
Christie, by contrast,
has received donations
from just two Romney
bundlers this year so
A conservation group
that works to restore the
Great Lakes is looking for
volunteers to help clean
beaches in four states
later this month.
The Alliance for the
Great Lakes is holding
its annual Adopt-a-Beach
event Saturday, Sept.
21. The group is ask-
ing individuals, commu-
nity groups and school
groups to show up at
Great Lakes beaches for
three hours and help pick
up trash.
Thousands of people
showed up last year
and collected more than
17,000 pounds of gar-
bage. Volunteers also
performed water-quality
tests to determine the
lakes’ health.
This year’s event will
again be held at beach-
es in Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and Wisconsin.
Death probed
— Indianapolis homicide
detectives are investi-
gating the death of an
88-year-old man found
dead in his home with a
visible head wound.
The Indianapolis Star
reports the man was
found dead on the city’s
southside about 6:30
Police say the man was
found face down on the
stairs inside the house.
Potential 2016 hopefuls quietly court Romney money
Beach cleanup
help is sought
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